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St. Eiliwedd
(Born c.AD 468)
(Latin: Almheda, English: Almeda)

St. Eiliwedd was a daughter of King Brychan Brycheiniog, a holy man with an innumerable pious family. Like her siblings, she was brought up with a view to spreading the Christian religion among the Cymri; but though most of the others travelled to Cornwall, she chose to remain in Wales. She rejected a proposed alliance with an earthly prince and, instead, espoused herself to Christ. She lived on a hill called Pebcefn-y-Gaer (Penginger), near Brecon, in an isolated hermitage where she was eventually martyred, under unknown circumstances. Her feast is held on 1st August.

 

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